Area Breaking News

Troy Member Of The Gangster Disciples Indicted On Federal Racketeering Charges

The United States Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced today that seven alleged members of the violent Gangster Disciples gang, including top national and state leaders, have been charged in a federal indictment accusing them of a years-long interstate RICO conspiracy involving multiple murders,…

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Meier Calls on Governor to Abandon Tax Hike on Small Businesses

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) joined his House Republican colleagues in opposition to Governor Pritzker’s proposal to impose higher taxes onto Illinois businesses struggling to remain open during the pandemic. “The executive orders and restrictions imposed during the pandemic have been detrimental to our small businesses,” said Rep. Meier. “Now the governor wants to tax them more? It…

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Highland Woman Sentenced For Faking Diseases

Sarah A. Delashmit, 36, of Highland, Illinois, was sentenced this week to 18 months in federal prison and 3 years of court supervision after her release. Last October, Delashmit pleaded guilty to multiple fraud charges after spending years defrauding nonprofit organizations by falsely posing as person with muscular dystrophy and a breast cancer survivor to…

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Region 4 Moves To Tier 2 Effective January 22

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 4 (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington) is moving to Tier 2 effective today.  All 11 regions have now moved out of Tier 3 mitigations.  If metrics continue to improve or are stable, regions 10 and 11 are on track to advance to Tier 1 on Saturday, January 23,…

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County Board Votes Down April Referendum

By Stephanie Malench [email protected] In a special Madison County board meeting held on January 19, a proposal by Chairman Kurt Prenzler to place an advisory referendum on the April 6 ballot was refused by the county board. The resolution died because of there was no board members made a motion to accept the resolution. Tuesday…

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Charges Filed In Shooting Of SIUE Student

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine announced Friday afternoon his office has charged two suspects involved in the shooting of an Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville student that occurred last night in Glen Carbon. “Thanks to excellent police work, these suspects were quickly found and have been promptly charged,” State’s Attorney Haine said. “Sadly, this is another…

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Governor Pritzker Announces State to Move to Phase 1B of its COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Plan on January 25

CHICAGO— Following a decrease in COVID-19 test positivity rates and hospitalizations throughout Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker announced regions across the state are now eligible to move out of Tier 3 mitigations, the strictest tier of Illinois’ resurgence mitigation plan, implemented shortly before Thanksgiving, in response to a surge of COVID-19 statewide and across the Midwest.…

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